TRIPLE CROWN DIRT TO THE TWIN TURF - Two Triple Crown starters are coming off the dirt to the Virginia grass in Saturday's $600,000 Virginia Derby. Stately Victor (KY Derby - 8th) who also won the Bluegrass Stakes at Keeneland this April and Interactif hope to spoil Paddy O'Prado bid to tackle the Twin Turf at Colonial. Belmont starter Interactif has a win over Paddy O'Prado as a 2-year old on the Saratoga turf in the With Anticipation (G3).
Last month's $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup winner is the favorite (7-5), hoping to capture both sides of Colonial's "Twin Turf" for three-year olds. Last month's pacesetter, Two Notch Road also returns.
Kypton won the Hill Prince on the turf over Belmont Stakes weekend. Awesome Dream, Formula For Success and Magictroubadour also look to spoil.
First race post time for Saturday's 14 races is a half hour earlier at 12:30 pm.
RACE 1 – 6 HOSTESSW'DAMOSTESS - DIRT ALERT: Sharp starts a Kafwain filly with "Super" Sheldon aboard. 1 ALLITERATE, 2 MASSIVE REACTION
RACE 2 – 5 ARCH THIRTEEN - Ham returns Garcia to his maiden-breaking mount that went wide in last outing. 7 JACKSON ON TOUR, 9 TAKE IT ON HOME
RACE 3 – 7 LOOKIN' FOXY - Another Ham-Garcia choice with a winner dropping from $10k. Big drop for Merryman. 3 SUBTLE STRIKE, 1 SECRET STYLE
RACE 4 – 1 LADY IN ERMINE - Secor's "Lady" makes her 2nd start off the layoff. A more routine pace makes a winner. 3 SWEETVIRGINIABREZE, 2 FEARLESS BAY
RACE 5 - 11 FLY THE ATLANTIC - Sheldon was "Flying" at the wire in last outing. Graduates from maiden ranks today. 3 MY TOUGH TIGER, 14 TIME TIX AHEAD
RACE 6 - 7 SIR TOGO Boyce won my respect riding a winner with a welp on her chin on Saturday. Delivers. 3 SNOW ON TEXAS, 1 CASANOVA JACK
RACE 7 – 4 STRAIGHT MONEY MAN - Andrade risks that perfect win percentage in a 14-horse field. Drops from Delpark. 10 WE HOPE, 5 VALENTINE AVENUE
RACE 8 - 6 STYLISH AFFAIR - Four here out of the same race with Busy Bev not at this level anymore. 1 MYSTIC MEADOW, 7 MISS PAM
RACE 9 - 7 NOS BAILOUT - Sizable drop for Andrade's "Bailout" off the layoff after a poor outing. 5 TO THE MAT, 4 WAX POETIC